On a recent visit to Toronto, we explored the beautiful and fascinating Distillery District, a collection of historic buildings that used to be part of the old Gooderham and Worts Distillery and now house popular shops, cafes, and restaurants. In the process of our explorations, we also happened upon an awesome bakery!
On arriving in the Distillery District, we could immediately tell that this would be an interesting experience when we saw a couple of monster-like metal sculptures towering over the path.
We were also fortunate enough to visit at the tail end of the Toronto Jazz Festival, so we enjoyed some live music as we wandered.
And above all, I enjoyed photographing the beautiful brick buildings with green painted trim throughout. It makes me so happy to see historic buildings repurposed in order to preserve their history. It’s part of what gives older cities so much character.
When we ran across Brick Street Bakery, it looked like a wonderful place to take a quick break for a snack. The shop inside was just large enough for a few people to stand in line for their purchase, but they had some nice tables and chairs outside for enjoying nice weather.
I loved the vintage elements in the bakery, like an antique cash register and a set of glass spice bottles decorating one counter.
They had a delicious-looking selection of desserts in their display case.
Although we were about to have dinner at Mill St Brewery and I didn’t want to spoil my appetite, the bakery would be closed by the time we finished dinner so I tried something small and light. I’ve never seen a lemon poppyseed cookie before, so that looked like the perfect choice!
The cookie was delicious! It was actually a cross between a cookie and a muffin, having a somewhat cake-like consistency while maintaining the firmness of a cookie. I loved it. In fact, now I’m brainstorming how I could adapt a lemon poppyseed muffin recipe to make my own lemon poppyseed cookies… :)